Jaen City - Fact 1

For centuries Jaen was a battleground in the power struggles between Christian kings and Moorish rulers © Michelle Chaplow
For centuries Jaen was a battleground in the power struggles between Christian kings and Moorish rulers.

MOORS AND CHRISTIANS

Jaen´s name comes from the Moorish word geen or jayyan, meaning stopping post on a caravan route. King Ferdinand III captured the city from Ibn-Nasr, who subsequently founded the Nasrid kingdom of Granada in 1246, and Jaen had a strategic position on the frontline between Christian Spain and Moorish Granada. It was used as the gateway for the armies in the Reconquest, and Ferdinand and Isabella launched their final assault on Boabdil´s Granada from here in 1492. Its Moorish old town, now the hillside barrio of La Magdalena, had many mosques, while the Moorish baths are the largest in Spain.

 

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